I’ve been reading about old images of London, and discovered…

Algernon Newton: Birmingham with the Hall of Memory (1929)

I’ve been reading about old images of London, and discovered...
Algernon Newton: The House by the Canal (1945)

I’ve been reading about old images of London, and discovered...
Algernon Newton: The Regents Canal, Twilight (1925)

I’ve been reading about old images of London, and discovered...
Algernon Newton: Sunshine in Hampstead, 1960-68

I’ve been reading about old images of London, and discovered...
Algernon Newton: In Kensington (1920-3)

I’ve been reading about old images of London, and discovered...
Algernon Newton: The Backs of Houses, Harley Street, (1925)

I’ve been reading about old images of London, and discovered...
John O’Connor (1830-1889): From Pentonville Road looking west: evening: 1884

I’ve been reading about old images of London, and discovered...
John O’Connor: Ludgate, Evening (1887)

I’ve been reading about old images of London, and discovered that the painting (top) of Birmingham’s War Memorial (which I’ve always liked as a rare view of that city in calm serenity) turns out to be by Algernon Newton (1880-1968), who did these lovely London ones too. Like an English Edward Hopper, his pictures make you feel as if you’ve stepped into a story where something’s about to happen. Even though commissioned mundanely as house portraits, they look magical.

And here also are two paintings by John O’Connor, of filthily glorious London landmarks 100 years ago through a haze of smog.


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